Activism

Statement to House of Commons

By Colin Bennett, April 26, 2018 to the Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics: Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, AIQ and the Data-Driven Election

The current controversy concerning Cambridge Analytica, Aggregate IQ and Facebook has raised to public and media attention a number of interrelated issues, that need to be carefully distinguished: Read More

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Facebook: A mass media micro-surveillance monopoly

By Andrew Clement and David Lyon, April 23, 2018, Opinion, The Globe and Mail By blowing the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s dodgy dealings with political campaigners in the U.S. and the U.K., Canadian Chris Wylie has given the social-media anthill a well-deserved kick. We’re now getting a rare glimpse into the hyperactive but hidden world of online-data trafficking –...

Cambridge Analytica shows the perils of ‘voter analytics’ industry

By Colin Bennett, Opinion, iPolitics , March 21, 2018

Recent revelations about the practices of the British company, Cambridge Analytica (CA), raise a larger set of questions about democracy: Should “Big Data” be playing a role in our elections? Should the “micro-targeting” of precise...

Facebook’s data scandal highlights risks of Canada’s weak internet sovereignty

By Andrew Clement, Contributed to The Globe and Mail , March 25, 2018

Canadians are rightfully troubled by recent news of Cambridge Analytica's abuse of Facebook data for psychographic profiling and political manipulation. The threats to personal privacy and democratic governance exposed in this case are not an isolated...

Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto waterfront tech hub must respect privacy, democracy

By Andrew Clement, Opinion, The Toronto Star , January 12, 2018

Sidewalk Toronto can potentially set an exemplary standard for digital governance with its experimental Quayside neighbourhood. But the project should proceed no further than its planning period if it cannot achieve basic principles of organizational responsiveness, transparency and accountability. Read More...

Edward Snowden speaking at Queen's

On Thursday November 12th , the Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA) is presenting Edward Snowden as keynote speaker for the Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational.

The talk runs from 6:30 pm to 8pm – doors open at 6pm – with a 45 minute keynote address by Snowden about the changing nature of surveillance and current state of espionage, followed by a 35 minute question period moderated by Dr. David Lyon of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s .

Speak out against out-of-control CSEC spying

It has been revealed that an ultra-secretive government agency called CSEC is collecting hugely revealing information on thousands of law-abiding Canadians. Taxpayers are on the hook for over $4.2 billion to pay for these invasive spying activities.

Do you want intimate details of your private life to be collected and stored in insecure government databases? Watch the video and...

Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance

Canada’s leading privacy experts unite behind Ottawa Statement, offer high-level proposals to rein in mass surveillance.

Over 35 leading academics and 19 organizations sign on in support of the Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance, which sets out what needs to be done to protect Canadians from out-of-control mass surveillance

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